The production team for the Mikado 2018 is the following:
Director: Jan Li Tan
Jan is a third year music student at the University of York. She is a first-study pianist and started out in the UoY G&S Society as an audition accompanist and occasional rehearsal accompanist. She was later the accompanist for the 48-hour shows Iolanthe and H.M.S Pinafore as well as the 2017 Showcase concert. She is very excited to try her hand at producing! Previously, she has been Co-Finance Manager and Tech Director of the music department’s Practical Project Production, Play On. She will also be Tech Director of the upcoming CHMS show, I Love You Because.
Artistic Director: Emma Whitworth
Emma is a third year Theatre student spending her time away from The Mikado with her head immersed in the seventeenth century theatre. Her debut with the society was playing Rose Maybud in the society’s production of Ruddigore for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. She also played Casilda in the society’s 2017 production of The Gondoliers, reprising the role for the Festival later that year. She was taught singing by Janice Thompson from the age of 9, and performed many operas and musicals with the JTP Trust, including Trial By Jury! She is also part of the Press and Publicity team on the committee but mostly feels like she makes cake for the meetings. She has acted in a great deal of non-G&S while at university, including The Broken Pitcher, 4.48 Psychosis, Constellations, Wind in the Willows, Spring Awakening and she played Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
Musical Director: Ellie Drew
Ellie is fairly new to both the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and to Musical Directing, but hopes that this doesn’t show! She grew up on a diet of G&S and thinks the Mikado is the best thing they ever did. She is also the very Ordinary Member on the committee but is mostly in it for the cake. Ellie is principally a clarinettist but moonlights as a 2nd year archaeology student, and is at her happiest excavating medieval rubbish.